# Re: apparent age

Paul Arveson (arveson@oasys.dt.navy.mil)
Tue, 2 Apr 96 10:30:04 EST

In message <9604021450.AA15951@oasys.dt.navy.mil> "Paul Arveson" writes:

> The best article I have seen on the "appearance of age" notion was an old
> article in the Journal ASA by T. H. Leith, titled something like "Logical
> Problems with the Thesis of Apparent Age". He gives strong arguments to the
> effect that such a thesis is not just trickery, but absurd. I will try to
> get
>
> Another way to illustrate the magnitude of the "trickery" is this:
>
> Age of YEC universe: 10,000 years = 10^4
> Divide by estimated age of universe: 10,000,000,000 years = 10^10
> Equals 10^-6, or one millionth of the time.
>
> This means that 99.9999% of the history of the universe is an illusion.
>
> Consider that the universe is 3 dimensional, and we can look out in a 3D
> space.
> Then the volume of the observable universe is on the order of 10^30 light
> years.
> The volume of the YEC real universe is 10^4*3 = 10^12 light years. Divide to
>
> yield the volume fraction, 10^-18. This means that for the YEC,
> 99.9999999999999999% of the volume of the universe is an illusion.
>
> If my numbers are off a magnitude or two, the conclusion isn't affected.
>
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Um, of course, I meant CUBIC light years.

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